Allen team triumphs in 2013 RGBB Open

Updated 24 February 2013
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Allen team triumphs in 2013 RGBB Open

Another high turnout witnessed yet another close finish in the 2013 RGBB Open Championship recently. The event staged at Dirab Golf and Country Club for the fifth year saw 128 players battle for the title as strongly as ever before.
The four ball Texas Scramble format competition saw 32 teams fight for the coveted claret jugs on offer over two days of highly competitive golf.
The quality of the players participating combined with perfect playing conditions clearly had a significant effect as yet again a record number of teams shot below the par score of 72 on this challenging parkland course.
The Wednesday teams laid down a real challenge to their Thursday counterparts, with one eventually proving insurmountable. Overnight Godfrey Allen’s team led the way with net score of 55. Thursday’s teams took full advantage of the perfect weather conditions which had continued from the previous day and set about overhauling the impressive overnight score from the start.
The team of Mark Campbell really started strongly, with five birdies on their opening seven holes. They unfortunately failed to capitalize on this strong start as other teams grabbed birdies late on to lay their own claim to the title.
Despite the best efforts of the teams on Thursday the overnight lead of the Allen team that included Saad Al Othaibi, Eddie Lee and Shaun Temple remained uncontested. The winning team received their Claret jugs and international flights courtesy of Nasair from John Hymns from premier sponsor Selex ES at the awards ceremony.
In second place were Robin Williamson, Ben Pacey, Andrew McKechnie and Steve Parrott, who shot a 16 under 56. They each received SR 1,500 SR vouchers from Almutlaq stores to accompany their trophies; these were awarded by Almutlaq marketing executive Omar Al Bakri.
In third place with a score of 57 on a count back were Richard Salisbury, Phil Kavanagh, Orazio Moretti and David Corbett who all received tournament bags as their prize from Ali Akram from UPS.
The team of Peter Donkin, Ed Bulkeley, Clare Watts and Ian Wells who also shot a 57 settled for fourth place.
Fifth went to Mark Campbell, Phil Pannell, Ruhan De Kock and Nigel Davey, they came out on top of a 6-team tie for fifth place on the count back rule.
The tournament organized by Gary Richardson and his team for the fifth straight year was held over two days to accommodate the large number of players that entered the event.
The prizes for the longest drive for ladies division went to Clare Watts with Imran Qadir winning the men’s section. Closest to the pin on hole No. 4 was Stuart Halliday, with Patrick Kennedy closest on hole 7 for the second year in a row. Mark Campbell was nearest to the pin on hole 11, with Phil Kavanagh securing the title for hole 16.
The team longest putt was won by Paul Siffre, David Forster, Chris Innes-Hopkins and Mark Turner
The RGBB would like to thank everyone for helping make the event another huge success. RGBB would particularly like to thank the generous sponsors namely Selex ES, SABB, Volvo, First Motor Company, Almutlaq Furniture Group, UPS, British Airways, SIKA, American Express, Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers, Almarai Co., Alyoum, Axa, Nasair, Hotel Al Khozama, Turnberry, Noble Smile, The RGBB Golf Society, Riyadh Village, Arabian Shield, and Dirab Golf & Country Club.


'We want to make Saudi Arabia proud': Pizzi promises better showing against Egypt

Updated 21 June 2018
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'We want to make Saudi Arabia proud': Pizzi promises better showing against Egypt

  • Saudi Arabia cannot progress from Group A even if they defeat Egypt in their final game on Monday
  • Wednesday’s overall performance was much improved, yet a lack of penetrative passing was obvious

ROSTOV-ON-DON: “Keeping possession of the ball seems to be the absolute and most important thing, but then when you sometimes find issues in getting the ball into your opponent’s half, you have to find other movements and ways of doing that,” said Oscar Tabarez after watching his lackluster Uruguay rely on a solitary Luis Suarez goal to eliminate Saudi Arabia from the World Cup. 
Tabarez was talking about his own team’s struggles, yet the assessment is considerably more applicable to the Green Falcons, who dominated possession and retained the ball with ease in midfield, yet for the second match running looked absolutely bereft of ideas in the final third. With Uruguay and Russia now on six points, Saudi Arabia cannot progress from Group A even if they defeat Egypt in their final game on Monday.
The Green Falcons coach Juan Antonio Pizzi confirmed he intends to stay at the helm of the side for the long-haul, yet is only too aware that the potential of this team is being hamstrung by its inability to score. He called it “our weakness”, adding that his side enjoyed “good ball possession, but no effectiveness”. They, he said, did not have the sufficient “weapons or tools” to equalize.
Pizzi’s side have found the net now just twice in their past five games and against Uruguay managed only three shots on target in 90 minutes — two of which came in added time and were so tame they would hardly have troubled the opposition goalkeeper Fernando Muslera had he been relaxing at his far post sipping a drink. In the 5-0 defeat to Russia last week, they failed to muster a single shot on target. 
Wednesday’s overall performance was much improved, yet a lack of penetrative passing was obvious. One passage of play in the opening exchanges saw Saudi Arabia complete 16 passes untroubled without the ball entering the opposition penalty box. When Uruguay finally won possession, they required only four quick exchanges to find Edinson Cavani on the left wing drilling the ball across the front of goal. 
“I don’t share that assessment,” said Pizzi, when it was put to him that his team was too slow to attack. “We played at the speed that was necessary. We need to be accurate, but if you step up the speed you lose accuracy with your passes. We had control of the game and that was why.”
Striker Mohammed Al-Sahlawi had been the focal point of much criticism from Turki Al-Sheikh, the head of Saudi’s General Sports Authority, after the Russia “fiasco” and was dropped from the side against Uruguay. So too was goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf, another who Al-Sheikh name-checked as having been at fault.
Pizzi, asked whether the scathing assessment from his bosses had forced his hand when it came to team selection, calmly dismissed the suggestion. He also ruled out the notion that administrative issues between the players and the country’s football federation had caused unrest in his squad.
“I have a list of 23 players here and they are all available to play. We are here together and pushing in the same direction. 
“I wanted — and still want — to make the Saudi Arabian people feel proud of our energy and the desire we show in matches. Unfortunately we were unable to do that against Russia and will be playing our next match without any hope of progressing. I hope now they will feel a little more proud even though we are out of the World Cup,” he said.